Sphex rufocincta misident.
It has been shown by Menke & Pulawski (2000) that the species listed as Sphex rufocinctus in publications since 1975 (e.g. Lomholdt, 1984; Dolfuss, 1991; Bitsch et al., 1997), and which is recorded from the Channel Islands, should be known as funerarius Gussakowskij. This species is only known from the Channel Islands and, as such, does not appear in either Richards (1980) or Falk (1991). This summary of its ecology is drawn from continental literature.
This species is absent from mainland Britain but known from the Channel Islands, where there is a single record from Jersey.
It is known from most of Europe, the Mediterranean basin including north Africa and across Asia to China (Menke & Pulawski, 2000).